Lesli Allison

Executive Director

Santa Fe, NM

Lesli is a founding member and executive director of the Western Landowners Alliance. She was also a founding member of the Chama Peak Land Alliance. For the past three decades, Lesli has worked extensively with private landowners and multiple stakeholders to advance conservation, sustain working lands and support rural communities.

Prior to Western Landowners Alliance, Lesli managed a large ranch the southern San Juan Mountains of Colorado. During her 16-year tenure, she implemented progressive conservation management through award-winning programs in restoration forestry, prescribed fire, grazing, stream restoration, hunting and wildlife management, and scientific research and monitoring. Lesli holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.A. from St. John’s College, Santa Fe.

Stories by Lesli Allison

We’re in this together

July 22, 2020

At Western Landowners Alliance, we respect land as a living community that includes both people and wildlife. Today, the movement for racial justice underscores more than ever that we are one people on a finite planet. Our care for one another and our care for the land go hand in hand. The impulses that lead people to abuse others are the same impulses that lead to abuse of land and natural resources. Yet we also have the capacity to create systems, cultures and relationships that curtail injustice, generate healing and bring forward the better aspects of our nature. There has never been a more important time to do so.

Vital connections in challenging times

March 20, 2020

Strengthening human health and resilience from the ground up. The profound challenges we face today underscore that we are all part of a living community. Individual human health is dependent…

Western Landowners in Action – June 2018

June 21, 2018

Good News! Priorities for Western landowners Advance in the Farm Bill On June 13, 2018 the US Senate Agriculture Committee advanced its version of the 2018 Farm Bill (The Agriculture…

Stories by Lesli Allison

Remember key role of private ranches, farms

October 3, 2016

In an op-ed in the Casper Star Tribune, WLA’s Executive Director Lesli Allison emphasizes the important role privately owned working ranches and farms play in sustaining wildlife and other resource…

Private Lands Critical to Conservation

September 26, 2016

As we celebrate Public Lands Day this weekend, WLA’s Executive Director Lesli Allison highlights the need to consider the landscape as a whole and the critical role private lands play in sustaining…

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